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Wilde Lake center Jackson to play basketball for Penn St.


Wilde Lake senior center Carl Jackson gave his verbal commitment Monday to play basketball for Penn State University beginning in 1996-97.

The 6-foot-9, 240-pound Jackson had been pursued by 110 colleges before accepting the full scholarship to Penn State.

Providence, Virginia Tech, DePaul and James Madison were the other schools on his short list.

He made up his mind after making an official visit to Penn State last weekend.

"I was impressed with coach Jerry Dunn, who is just coming in," said Jackson. "I was also impressed by the campus, the courses offered and by the alumni association."

Jackson was a Baltimore Sun first-team All-County pick last season when he led the league in rebounding with 292 in 23 games for a 12.6 average. He also led the league in blocked shots with 126 for a 5.4 average. He averaged 13.4 points.

"I think he made a great choice," said Wilde Lake coach Paul Ellis. "It's something you'd like to see happen to every kid you coach, but it doesn't happen very frequently."

Jackson attended several basketball camps this summer and made the all-star team at both sessions of Five Star.

At Wilde Lake he carries a 3.0 GPA, and he scored 990 in the Scholastic Assessment Test. He will major in engineering or business.

The last Division I player from the county was Wilde Lake's Phil Chenier (Howard University) in 1992.

Dragons hire coach

John Aquila, a longtime assistant basketball coach in the county public schools, is the new head coach at Glenelg Country School.

This is the school's first year in the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association League. The Dragons posted a 17-3 record playing an independent schedule last season.

"I don't know how many we'll win this season, but it won't be for lack of work," said Aquila, who is a teacher at Mayfield Woods Middle School.

He has been the assistant coach at Howard High for the past three years.

Before Howard High, Aquila, 46, served six years as an assistant coach at Oakland Mills and two years at Mackin.

Centennial streaks

Centennial's 5-1 boys soccer victory over Mount St. Joe Monday raised the Eagles' winning streak to 20 games and their unbeaten string to 23 games.

Soccer upset

Few people could have predicted Mount Hebron's 1-0 upset of Oakland Mills in boys soccer last Friday.

The Scorpions were looking impressive with victories over Gilman, Franklin, Mount St. Joseph and Loyola. In contrast, the Vikings were looking vulnerable with a tie to Severn, losses to Linganore and Magruder and a win over Paint Branch.

"The refs called it tight and that helped us," said Vikings coach Scott Conroy. "They [Oakland Mills] had the wind [at their backs] the first 20 minutes and got a bunch of chances, but we stopped them. And then we almost scored and that boosted our confidence."

Pat Halter later scored the game's only goal.

Mount Hebron also played Oakland Mills close last season, losing in overtime, 1-0.

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